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viral overnight. that's a golden eagle, swooping in and snatching a baby in a park. taking it on the brief ride of its life. this morning, is it real or is it fake? and get ready for the biggest "deals and steals" blowout ever. all morning and all day, we'll have the most incredible flash deals on television. what's inside these boxes will rock your world. stand by for our megaholiday event, only on "gma." and good morning, america. hello to robin at home. welcome back to elizabeth vargas. so much of our hearts and minds, still focused on newtown. president obama will announce his next step. the students at sandy hook are
going to go back to school in january. it's a new school where they're trying to replicate like sandy hook. >> they want every crayon in the right place. we're also going to go, as part of our search for solutions, inside one of the safest schools in the country. you wouldn't believe how they protect the students in school. the question, of course, being are these extreme measures about to become routine in schools? >> certainly, a fascinating look. also, a shocking verdict in the case of the high school valedictorian in michigan accused of killing his mother. we're going to go inside a stunned courtroom. we're going to switch gears. you saw it in the open. get ready, everybody. it is perhaps our biggest "deals and steals" event, ever. all for the holidays. how about $15 hockey jackets? just for starts. let's get to sam. that major storm sweeping across the country. and i guess blizzards in some places. maybe tornados in others? >> exactly. and it's going to be a long storm. this is just getting started.
we'll show you pictures that came out of the portland area. and we've seen dozens of pictures like this. cars on ice-glazed roads. 50 to 60 cars are behind an icy accident. 25 cars had to be towed away from that. the rest of them were able to drive away. let's look at a train derailment after a mudslide in this storm, when the storm first got cranking, knocked the train off the tracks. inside those cars were cleaning supplies and other chemicals. hazmat teams looked at the cars derailed there. there's been more mudslides in area. seems to be no problems with hazardous materials. and this is l.a. to anaheim. this is disneyland. thousands of people lost power. the good news is, today disneyland is back in power. but watch how this storm moves across the country. seven states have blizzard watches or warnings. winter weather, watches and storms, from green bay, all the way to goodland, kansas. denver, you're on the edge of this.
this starts today and goes all the way through tonight. chicago, it is likely you'll pick up your big snowfall after the day today. it's mostly a rainy event today. we'll go over every inch of who gets snow. and also, who gets strong to severe storms. as george pointed out, there will be a possibility in these storms of carrying one or two tornados. so, we'll do all that in just a second. elizabeth? >> thank you so much. now, to the debate over gun control. and what many are calling in this country a watershed moment in the wake of the massacre in newtown. some stores are pulling certain guns off their shelves. and president obama is set to make a major announcement this morning. abc's pierre thomas joins us now with the very latest on this story. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. in just a few hours, president obama takes the first steps to make good on his vow to respond to the massacre at newtown. he will announce that he is directing major federal agencies to come up with answers to address the scourge of gun violence. this morning, after days of
silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unions have called for a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity clips. and for some longtime allies of the gun lobby, this week was a tipping point. >> never in my life did i ever think we would have 20 children slaughtered. so, it changed everything. >> reporter: there's signs this morning that everyone, including those that sell guns, are reassessing. at least for now. walmart has stopped online sales
of the bushmaster rifle used in newtown. dick's sporting goods has suspended sales of certain assault rifles. an investor in bushmaster said it's pulling out. a change on such a decisive issue never comes easy. >> the second amendment means what it says. you're really blind to the role that plays in enabling murderers to operate with impunity. >> yeah. i know why sales of these weapons have been soaring in the last few days. it's down to idiots like you. >> reporter: the fierce debate continues. still, the killing of children in cold blood is gripping the nation as few events can. and it's forcing a hunt for solutions. george? >> it certainly is, pierre. okay, thanks. let's get more from jake topper at the white house. the president's big announcement. we know he's going to put the vice president in charge. and he wants this task force to move quickly. >> reporter: that's right. we expect an answer of what they come up with some time in the next few weeks, probably in january some time.
president obama will come to the brady press briefing room at 11:45. today, brady, the presidential press secretary who was shot in the assanation attempt or ronald reagan. the white house has signaled they are ready to support a man on certain types of semiautomatic rifles. they are ready to support a ban, perhaps, on certain high-capacity clips. and, of course, closing the gun show loophole. but this will produce even more suggested revenues, george. >> okay, jake, meanwhile, on the fiscal cliff, only 13 days away from when everyone's taxes go up. the talks between the white house and speaker boehner seem to have stalled. and now, the speaker proposing this plan "b," extending tax cuts for everyone earning under $1 million. does the white house still
believe they can get talks back on track? >> reporter: the white house believes, according to officials i spoke to this morning -- they believe they're on the cusp for an agreement, but for the plan "b" that house speaker boehner introduced. they think throws a wrench into the works. they think they're close to a deal that would have between $1 trillion to $1.2 trillion on the table. >> okay, jake, thanks very much. let's get the rest of the headlines from josh. we're going to begin with some breaking news overnight. the independent panel investigating the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, has issued a scathing report, finding what it calls schematic failures at the state department leading up to the tack, which took the lives of chris stevens and three other americans. abc's martha raddatz, who has read the report this morning, has the details. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the report calls the security in benghazi grossly inadequate, despite repeated requests for increased staffing.
the report also cites poor leadership win the diplomatic department. saying certain senior state department officials demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their response to the security concerns in benghazi. hillary clinton has already responded to the independent review, saying she will adopt all 29 recommendations, including additional marine corps security guards. but there's one conclusion that also stands out. the board determined that those u.s. personnel on the ground in benghazi performed with courage and willingness to risk their own lives to protect their colleagues in an impossible situation. josh? >> certainly important note to make. martha, thank you for that. some disturbing, new details about one of two florida brothers charged with plotting a terror attack here at home. authorities say 20-year-old raese qazi of ft. lauderdale,
described as a lone wolf terrorist. inspired by al qaeda. he traveled to new york last month to scope out times square, wall street, broadway theaters, among other venues. and was able to escape fbi surveillance during his trip. investigators say he intended to carry out an attack with a bomb but ran out of money. we're just getting word right now that robert brock has died. a legal scholar general brock was nominated to the supreme court by president reagan in 1987 but was rejected. he died from complications of heart disease. he was 85 years old. another big bank is in big trouble today. ubs has agreed to pay a $1.5 billion fine for manipulating a key global interest rate. the new ceo described the behavior dozens of implicated employees unacceptable, end quote.
connecticut. six more of the victims from friday's massacre will be laid to rest today. as life slowly begins to return to normal for most of the other students in that school district. but in a community still on-edge, another threat kept an elementary school closed. amy robach joins us, now, from newtown. amy, hard to believe this jarring development, happening a week later. >> reporter: it is a difficult situation for everyone here. and we know that the mourning and the funerals continue this week. one of the many reasons why sandy hook students will not be returning to school until after the holidays. in fact, the school superintendent just told me they are planning on january 2nd. that said, newtown public schools are in full swing today. we've seen dozens of school buses driving through town. but those schools are certainly still facing many challenges bringing their students back into the classroom. this morning, parents of sandy hook elementary students say their children will return to school some time in january. relocating to this empty middle school about seven miles away,
with a newly-installed security system. on tuesday, tractor-trailers brought desks and supplies. school officials going through great lengths to re-create their former classrooms. right down to the very last crayon. that precision, designed to help comfort sandy hook students, like 9-year-old david uhl. >> i am just having a hard time going through all this. >> reporter: more of newtown schools reopened on tuesday. but an unspecified threat against the head o'meadow school forced officials to cancel classes for the day. meanwhile, school busses dropped children off at home. across the street, others were laid to rest. this tiny white casket, carrying 6-year-old james mattioli, a boy who loved to sing in the shower.
also, laid do rest, jessica rekos, who loved sea horses and orca whales. >> i'm watching a sea of people leaving a funeral for a child. and another sea of people awaiting the next funeral. >> reporter: victoria soto, the 27-year-old teacher, remembered for her heroism. >> she was protecting her children, who she loved very much. she didn't call them her students. she called them her kids. >> reporter: today, services will continue for six other victims, including sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung. and with students struggling with all of this tragedy, the school superintendent told me the focus this week inside the classroom is not academics. it's about discussing what happened, how they're feeling and healing. george? >> that is important. amy, thanks very much. now, as we continue our search for solutions after this tragedy, a deeper look at school security and what it will take to reassure parents their kids are safe in the classroom. abc's alex perez takes us inside one school sparing no expense for safety.
>> reporter: the security measures at middleton elementary school in suburban chicago begin the moment you set foot on campus, with this camera-equipped doorbell. the visitor rings the doorbell. and the person inside can see us. >> they can see you. they can see what kind of mood you're in. if you're angry. >> reporter: once in, you can only get as far as the entryway. how are you? the front desk then takes my i.d., scans it and performs an instant criminal background check, using a security system called raptor, one that has already spread to 8,000 schools across the country. after you pass a second set of locked doors and enter the school, your every move is watched. on monitors in the front office, and by administrators on their smartphones. they have invested more than $175,000 over the last two years, beefing up security at the three schools that make up this tiny district in skokie, illinois. >> but i don't know that there's
too big a price tag on keeping your kids as safe as they can absolutely be. >> reporter: protection is key. classroom doors open inwand and lock from the inside. eliminating the need to step out of the room if there's a threat in the hallway. every measure of security counts. like having cameras spread across the school. even these barriers to stop cars from getting too close, just another way to protect the school from every angle. all of these security measures buy you time. >> every second counts. >> reporter: when seconds mean precious, young lives like these fourth graders, she says the extra security is worth it. >> i think anything we have to do, we have to do. >> reporter: and this school district isn't done yet. after sandy hook, they're also considering installing bullet-resistant glass. >> the truth of it, what we cannot afford is a terrible incident. >> reporter: for "good morning america," alex perez, abc news,
chicago. >> we're going to stay on top of all of these solutions. we're going to switch gears now to a video that's going viral overnight. wait until you see this. it appears to show an eagle swooping in and grabbing a baby, and lifting the baby up for a few seconds. don't worry, the baby is just fine. but it raises the question, is this real? abc's rob nelson takes a closer look. >> reporter: take a look at this video. >> oh [ bleep ]. >> reporter: look again. is that an eagle snatching a baby? in this video that has gone viral overnight, watch as this bird, thought to be a golden eagle in a park in montreal, apparently tried to kidnap a child via airmail, carrying it several feet in the air, while seemingly stunned onlookers chased after, before drops its prize and taking off. maybe its eyes were bigger than its stomach. it sounds like something straight out of a hitchcock film. or from the sandra bullock movie "the proposal."
or maybe it's just an angry bird. so, real or fake? the debate has already heated up on the internet, with several twitter feeds claiming to be the eagle. overnight, at montreal eagle wrote, i just wanted to test the strength of his overalls. dude, i thought it was a hobbit. and perhaps most telling, if i knew i was being filmed, i wouldn't have done it. seriously. do i look that stupid? stupid, questionable. but one thing is for sure, this video will go down in viral video history. for "good morning america," rob nelson, abc news, new york. >> i don't know. i find that kind of upsetting to watch. i was worried about -- there were hawks in our park. and i was worried about the hawks when my babies were newborns out there. >> absolutely. >> that can't be real. >> i think it can. i totally do. >> sam?
>> sam, please weigh in. >> i don't know. i don't know if that one's real. but in nature videos, that's the way they hunt. >> that's what they do. they go down for small animals and take them back. >> i don't know if it's real. we're going to deal with this storm and this is real. right around, watch that low kind of move through. it comes out of the mountains with the snow. then, it will have a pretty stormy kick in the deep south. if there's a bull's eye for where the storm will be, it's in arkansas, little rock area, even southern missouri, as well, will be the strongest storms today. and that low will continue on up toward new york and into new england by the time we get into thursday night and definitely into friday, kicking in some rain there.
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we're going to have more on that stunning verdict. we've been following this trial for weeks here on "gma." it shocked a community. we're going to go inside the community in the case of the valedictorian student who was accused of killing his mother. many in the town thought he would not be found guilty. we're going to get into that in a second. >> we are, indeed. we're going to switch gears. big news, "people" magazine's sexiest man alive. magic mike worked his magic. he has very exciting news. we'll tell you about that, coming up. also, a huge morning here. cue the sirens. [ siren ] >> i need a skinny mic, props. i need a skinny mic. let's go to tory johnson, right now. our first deal of the morning. tory has it there. >> hey. so exciting here. from kmart. it's a huge deal. 30% off online all men's and
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remains supportive but grief-stricken. >> i wasn't there to protect my wife when i needed to be. and i wasn't able to get him home for his sister for christmas. it's not been a good year. >> reporter: the evidence was mostly circumstantial but troubling. >> he never asked what happened. >> reporter: jurors didn't believe massive blisters on pyne's hand came from an injury on the job, as he claimed. >> can you verify you left at 1:30. >> reporter: they did buy the prosecution's motive, that jeffrey pyne killed his mother after years of pent-up rage. many refused to believe the star athlete and student was a murderer. but experts told juror, the extreme violence was consistent with a killer deeply connected with his victim. the defense never called a witness. pyne never took the stand. after the verdict, his lawyers sat stunned. >> i could have been knocked off with that verdict. >> reporter: speaking on ruth
pyne's behalf, her surviving sister. >> this is a heinous crime. ruth pyne was a victim. >> reporter: now, it's up to the judge. if he's lenient, jeffrey pyne could get 8 to 12 years. if he's not, he could get life behind bars. for "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york. now, two bank robbers who staged a daring break-out from federal prison in chicago. tying bedsheets together to hong out of a window to make their getaway. >> amazing how they were able to pull this off. the two inmates who have been on the run for 24 hours, are the first to escape from the federal facility in over 20 years. overnight, we learned more details on how they escaped, fooling the guards, giving them a possible nine-hour head start. this morning, a massive manhunt is under way in illinois, for
two cell mates that plotted and pulled off a brazen escape slyke something out of the movies. the duo tied up bedsheets into a rope. in the real escape, they added a makeshift harness to repel down this penitentiary in downtown chicago. >> they gave it a lot of thought. >> reporter: according to court documents, joseph banks and kenneth conley, were last seen locked up at 10:00 p.m., during a headcount. it's believed the two stuffed their clothes in the shapes of bodies, and broke through the wind, shimmying out a hole only inches wide. and scaled down the side of the building, at 20 stories up. at 7:00 a.m. the next morning, when employees arrived at work, they noticed the sheets dangling from the building. conley and banks were missing. >> we don't know if they're armed at this point. but we consider them armed and a
danger to the community. >> reporter: this guy, banks, is one of the most successful bank robbers chicago has seen in years. here he is, jumping over the counter, wearing what is believed to be used clothing. earning him the name the second-hand bandit. court records reveal, after more than 20 bank robberies, he got close to $600,000, with the feds still trying to recover more than $500,000 of it. with all that money unaccounted for, the duo could be using it to help them get away. just hours after the escape, the fbi said they stormed into a house south of chicago. no one was there. but the fbi believes they missed banks and conley by just a few hours. but now, authorities say the trail has gone cold. >> they have to be getting help from somebody, right? don't they think? >> they don't know. but with all that money out there, that could help them get away. >> thanks so much. let's turn, now, to sam champion, for a look at the nation's weather. so much going on this morning, sam. >> so much. and will for the week.
we're starting winter. by the time we get to friday. we're also beginning the big holiday travel time. a lot of people are asking, where is the snow so far this season? who gets it? who doesn't get it? we put it in one convenient map. you don't have to leave the chair in the living room to get the information. look at northern new england. we already got up to 20 inches of snow in some locations. in northern new york state, vermont, new hampshire, into mai maine. by the time the next system pulls through, we might have 30 inches of snow in the mountain elevations by the holiday week. this is who gets -- chicago, all-rain. but you get snow on the kickback, once that storm passes on through. and there's a big line of severe weather in the deep south. this is where the gusty winds continue today. that's where the storms are rolling.
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>> it appears on december 21st of 2012. and he descends. and he performs a ritual. >> reporter: lots of people are now projecting modern anxieties on to that ancient mayan date. that the financial system might collapse. or that global warming. or solar flares. or an act of terrorism might take out the nation's electrical grid. people are worried that what's left might look a lot like the recent movie "the road." >> how many people do you think are still alive? >> in the world? not many. >> reporter: doomsday prepping is such a fad, there's popular reality shows based on it. many 2012ers are not so negative about the mayan prophecy. we met a woman who will be at the ruins thursday, praying to her crystal skull. she believes this will mark the dawn of a new, more enlightened age.
others, not so much. >> i'll be in my shelter in texas. just in case. >> reporter: just in case? >> just in case. i'll feel really silly that i put a shelter underground and i wasn't in it come december 21st. >> reporter: after that, he plans to come back to l.a. to build more. david wright, abc news, montebello, california. >> i like that idea, that it's the dawn of a new, enlightened age. >> i think it's going to be the day before friday. coming up, "magic mike" star, channing tatum, working some magic. we'll tell you about his exciting news. "people's" sexiest man might have a new title. we've been counting down your top plays of the year. we're down to our top three. which will take the top spot? can we freeze it? ♪ [spider-man] we got this. ♪
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d.j. ms. nix. robin, can you believe what you're missing this morning? you see, we have a big crowd upstairs. tory johnson, with lots of deals for everyone. we had a couple of flash ones this morning. >> whoa. >> and apparently, we have my fourth grade son on the camera. >> not only that. we have a crazy camera. and now, they're going to cue the sirens, too. >> all right. >> that siren means it's time to go to tory johnson for another flash deal. you've heard of flash mobs. we have flash deals. hey, tory. >> hey. this comes to you from one of your favorite brands. yankee candle is offering "gma" viewers 20% off their entire website. to get that discount, you have to get the code at goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! lara? >> tory, thank you. that sounds great. if you think those savings are hot -- give me a ding. -- we're just getting started, everybody. up to 80% off off more of our flash deals. >> i bid one dollar.
can i bid one dollar? >> different game show. also this morning, ashton kutcher, justin bieber, targets in a hoax. s.w.a.t.'ing. an arrest has been made in these incidents. the person arrested, not even 13 years old. we'll have the latest. >> that's disturbing. we're going to take you behind the scenes of the break-it-or-make-it world of competitive cheering. there are moms, that you'll see on the show that will stop at nothing to make their daughters cheer champions. and katie couric will be coming up, telling us about the biggest moments of 2012. and the celebrity couples that slipped this year. tom cruise and katie holmes. and -- well, they got back together. now, we're going to get news from josh. >> we're going to begin with the snowstorm that sam's been
telling us about all morning long. millions of people bracing for a wintry blast of fierce winds, blinding snow, treacherous roads from the rockies east to the great lakes. it's the same storm that slammed the northwest with snow and rain, triggering a mudslide we saw earlier in the program, derailing a freight train. icy roads being blamed for a 60-car pileup in northern california. what remains of sam's forecast in just moments. also this morning, an announcement from president obama in the wake of the school shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. president obama is calling upon vice president joe biden to lead a new multiagency government task force that will examine gun control, mental health and education policies, all in hopes of preventing another such tragedy. the first findings from the task force will be due next month. meantime, connecticut's governor has declared friday will be an official day of morning. also, friday, we should learn more from the nra, which is promising,
quote, meaningful contributions, end quote, to prevent another mass shooting. since that shooting, sales for bulletproof backpacks for children have soared. one company reporting that sales have tripled. at least half a dozen companies are selling body armor backpacks like the one you see here. some costing more than $200. a scathing, new report this morning about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. an independent panel has concluded security at the consulate was grossly inadequate because of systematic failures and mismanagement at the state department. a stunning sight here in new york. work is progressing quickly, at one world trade center, the freedom tower. george, of course, you got to spend some time atop that earlier this year. these photos taken from the 101st floor. this is a crane lifting an escalator to the top of that
building, where crews are eagerly waiting to install it. and night-by-night, seeing that climb in the night sky is a remarkable sight to see in manhattan. here's diane sawyer with a preview of "world news." diane? >> josh, it's great to talk to you this morning. tonight on "world news," we want everyone to watch as we put a clock on the most popular assault rifle. and we'll show you in detail how much difference a few seconds make in taking and saving a life. we'll have that tonight. >> we'll be watching, diane. finally, do you ever get home? you eyeball the christmas tree at the farm, but it doesn't quite fit. people in seattle stunned when they saw their neighbor's house. no. he cut the top off his own christmas tree and got extra shingles and put it up there. >> that's a good idea. >> terrific. that's good. with that, america, i give you lara spencer. >> thank you, josh. thank you very much. let's get started with "pop news." great news this morning for
"magic mike." a magic tyke is on the way. channing tatum will have a new title to add to his growing list of accolades. sexiest dad alive. "people" magazine's reigning second man. tatum and his wife, jenna dewan, are expecting a baby in the new year. this will be their first. they met on the set of the 2006 film "step up." they got married in 2009. everybody here at "good morning america," congratulations to you both. >> love that. >> he could have an oscar nomination soon. just saying. i'm just kidding. >> keep voting. >> is there a problem with that? all right. a little eye candy this morning, if you like real estate. who doesn't? it's fun to look at pictures. and rihanna's new place in the pacific palisades is, wow. she paid a lot for it, though, guys. $12 million. seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms. it includes an outdoor kitchen you just saw. an incredible pool, a bar outside. and parking will likely never be a problem.
the property comes with 24 spots. and we're all invited over. >> let's go. >> that's great. >> good luck in your new home. and for the second year in a row, "the hollywood reporter's" honoring folks that have rocked the status quo. it's their rule-breakers issues. men and women who have rocked the status quo. there's four different covers. oprah winfrey is on one. psy is on one. steven spielberg, daniel day-lewis, for their work on "lincoln." and the team behind "zero dark 30." kathryn bigelow and mark bowles. and rule-breakers, "gma" made it to the list. >> what? >> we did. remember that photo shoot we did. we didn't know what it was for. we made the rule-breakers because we are the bad boys of morning tv. you can check out the year-end issue. it hits newsstands today. thank you so much, "hollywood reporter" for including us.
that's "pop news." i have the pop quiz. get ready. here's the question. what popular "project runway" judge is about to say auf wiedersehen to the reality show? it's a trick question there. we'll have the answer in a moment. >> okay. now, let's get the weather from sam. as he runs outside, we're going to stretch it just a little bit. >> stretch. >> every second of "pop news." there he is, live, from times square. sam champion. >> in times square. good morning, everybody. how are you? good morning. where are you from? >> gainesville, georgia. >> and your name? >> brenda. >> good morning. good morning. good morning, everybody. thank you, guys, for hanging out with us this morning. let's take a quick check of your weather as you step outside your doors. it's likely you'll run into a storm in the middle of the country. a live -- it was from earlier this morning. denver, colorado, already a little snow in the area. the idea here is that we get plenty of snow through the middle of the country. there's blizzard warnings out for seven states. so, heavy snow is likely from
this storm system, as it curves up to the great lakes. tomorrow, we think as the storm pulls away, there will be cold air and kickback snow north of chicagoland. we'll show you what it looks like in the northwest, as well. this is the next 48 hours. heavy rain and very strong winds. so, expect this. it's going to be a rough couple of days for travel. keep an eye on the strong to severe thunderstorms in the deep south, as well. there's a lot going on on the board today. stay up with your local abc >> everybody seems to be from
texas. right? >> sara. >> and jordan? i almost got it right. let's go back inside to you. >> thank you, sam. here's a look at what's coming up on our "gma morning menu." police arrest a prankster who sent s.w.a.t. teams to the homes of ashton kutcher and justin bieber. and you won't believe how old he is. plus, the moms who stop at nothing to make their little girls cheerleading champions. and katie couric is with us, taking a look back at the biggest breakups of 2012. all that, plus the megaholiday "deals and steals" event. we've got sirens. we have santa girls. and we have tory johnson, live on "gma." [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat.
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we're back, now, with new developments in the so-called s.w.a.t.'ing incidents. they're dangerous pranks that send s.w.a.t. teams storm into the homes of superstars like justin bieber and ashton kutc r kutcher. police have arrested the prankster. and he's not even 13 years old. a abc's abbie boudreau has the story. >> reporter: justin, ashton, miley, and simon. four of the biggest names in hollywood, with one thing in common. they've all been the victim of s.w.a.t.'ing, the scary, new trend where people call 911 and report fake crimes of a robbery or home invasion. last week, police arrested the person they say is responsible for the s.w.a.t.'ing incidents, at the homes of ashton kutcher and pop star, justin bieber. and their suspect isn't even 13 years old. >> they were able to locate an individual, a juvenile, quite young, who was responsible for
both of these incidents. >> reporter: police say the boy falsely contacted police in october, claiming several people had been shot inside kutcher's home. but it was all a hoax. kutcher wasn't even home. a week later, police say the young suspect did the same thing at justin bieber's home. ♪ i'm going to be under the missile stow ♪ >> reporter: claiming there were guns and explosives, that people had been shot. but it was all a lie. miley cyrus has also been the victim of s.w.a.t.'ing. and last month, police swarmed simon cowell's home after getting a call that "the x-factor"'s host was being held hostage. but it was a hoax.
simon cowell didn't see the humor. abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. we're going to look in the world of competitive cheerleading. we've all cheered in our lives, here at this table. "cheer perfection" is taking a look inside the mothers who will do nothing to get their daughters to be champions. >> if you fall again, i'm going to replace you. >> reporter: tlc's show "cheer perfection" takes us inside the rough-and-tumble world of competitive cheerleading. proving, the only thing to fear is cheer moms herself. >> that is the worst basket toss i've seen in my life. that was terrible. absolutely terrible. >> reporter: alecia dunlap is head coach and co-owner of head
coach revolution. it's her job to make little girls into little champions, no matter what it takes. >> come down. everybody run because of camber and cassidy. >> reporter: even her own daughters can't escape her form of tough love. >> i try to be strong and a leader. hard work and effort pays off. >> reporter: but alisha is not the only mom pushing her daughter to perfection. bonnie is trying to make her daughter on the squad. >> i wanted to encourage her to do better. and i thought that would -- people bribe their kids all the time. my daughter loves cheer. she works very hard at it. it's something she wants to do. >> do you have an issue? >> reporter: but like most mother/daughter situations, there seems to be a slight difference in opinion. do you think the moms are acting like they're in high school? whether they like it or not, it's hard to deny these girls
can rah, rah, rock. for "good morning america," i'm juju chang, in sherwood, arkansas. >> "cheer perfection" premieres tonight on tlc. also tonight, a big primetime special with katie couric. called "the year with katie couric." what a year it was. you worked with "people" magazine on this jam-packed special. >> it's really fun, i have to say. it had nothing to do with me. the producers did an amazing job. you give us 90 minutes and we'll give you the entire year. we cover so much, like the tragic events from hurricane sandy and the newtown shootings, to all the ups and downs in the presidential campaign and royal news. and there's entertainment news. this year, there were plenty of hot hollywood couples who sadly became so yesterday. ah, celebrity romance. the love that lasts forever. from bad boys, to billionaires, to bachelorettes. there were plenty of fairy tale
weddings to go around. but it was the failed long-term relationships in 2012 that were the most surprising. >> it was a bad year for having faith in relationships. >> reporter: including heidi and seal, who famously renewed their vows every year for six years. at your seventh, though, things began to get a little itchy. >> one day you're in. and the next day, you're out. >> sometimes you're in. and sometimes, i dump you, seal. >> reporter: the split seemed amicable at first, until rumors swirled that heidi was having an affair with martin kirsten, the family bodyguard. >> and seal got angry she was sleeping with the help. >> maybe the help told her what she needed to hear. >> you is kind. you is smart. you is important. >> i think a lot of people were a little put off by his word choice. >> it's obviously not true. when -- you know, i've never
looked at another man while i was with him. >> reporter: there was another well-known scandal this year that involved "twilight's" on-screen and off-screen couple. >> i have a bad habit of underestimating you. >> reporter: rob pattinson and kristen stewart. when news broke that kristen was cheating with her "snow white and the huntsman" director, "twilight" fans felt like someone put a stake through their heart. >> it's hard to be a victim when you only have one facial expression. >> reporter: but the breakup of all breakups this year -- >> have you ever felt this way? >> that's how i feel about it. >> reporter: the only person who was really surprised, tom cruise. the tom-kat divorce played out like a hollywood movie. topping the tabloid box office for weeks. >> this was handled like a navy s.e.a.l. team 6 operation. >> like "mission impossible." >> like "homeland."
>> fast. >> like something out of a spy novel. >> she got out of there under cover of night. >> to run to new york, of all places. i ran into her on 42nd at midnight. >> reporter: a blindsided tom cruise, had gone from a married man to a single dad in just 11 days. >> it happened so quick, in fact, i didn't even have a chance to pick sides. i didn't even get a chance to pray for little suri. >> me, too. it wasn't all bad news in the hollywood romance department. tonight, we'll tell you about the hollywood baby boom. and you'll hear from a lot of new moms, including beyonce. >> and you had fun with ryan lochte, huh? >> it's amazing how the names become household names just in a matter of months. so, i spent some time with ryan lochte. >> got him to take his shirt off. >> somebody's got to do it. there's always a new word in the dictionary. you know what an ear word is? it's a song. it's a word that means a song
you can't get out of your head. so, i spent some time with carly rae jepsen because of "call me maybe." >> and dishonor roll? >> we spent some time talking about the people for whom it was not a good year, like lance armstrong, arnold schwarzenegger, and the perennial figure on that list, lindsay lohan. >> yeah. >> and i have to really commend the producers. they did a fabulous job. so much fun to watch. today, you guys -- that's tonight at 9:30. today, my show, we're doing a big gift idea show. the whole audience is full of moms that were affected by hurricane sandy. and they're getting all the gifts. >> that's great. >> that's so much fun. and we kept it a surprise. you have to check it out. >> we'll check that out. and a big special with katie couric tonight at 9:30, 8:30 central, right here on abc. josh? >> all right. thank you, much. thank you. thank you. the moment, now, you've all been waiting for eagerly. it's the megaholiday "deals and
steals" like we've never done before. let's get right to it. you logon to the website, goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! things go like hotcakes, people. deal number one. >> just one of them. here you go. this is from tria beauty. one of the best selling from the "gma" audience. this is the blue light kit. amazing for acne. regularly, for the whole set, $365. slashed for our audience by 51%, just $180, plus free shipping. and we're going to give you a slash deal now. 50% off loft. print the coupon, only at goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! so much more coming up. >> go nowhere. many more deals and steals ahead for "gma" viewers. reality tv star tamar braxton, performing live, next.
. good morning i'm kristen sze. oakland firefighters investigating an early morning fire that sent a security guard to the hospital. the flames spread to a nearby come commercial building and the security guard was taken to the hospital. >> let's check out your morning commute. a little tough out of novato accident southbound 101 before lucas valley road, light now traffic bunched up
and also half moon bay temperatures are feeling a little cooler there. through the afternoon, a lot of sun no need for wet weather gear, low to mid 50s. tonight not as cool as this morning scattered frost inland rain in the north bay tomorrow afternoon for the rest of us friday through sunday. >> the news continues with [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i'm not sure -- and the crazy cameraman is back again.
i'm not sure we can do normal hellos again. trumpets here all the time. they're here for a great reason. "deals and steals." megaholiday "deals and steals" all morning long. take it away, guys. >> so much great stuff in "gma's" megaholiday "deals and steals" event. we don't want to waste any time. these deals go fast. go to goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! for the links and codes to get the bargains. it's exciting. i wish we had the siren. no siren? oh, yes. that's all i needed. to tory, take it away. >> not yet. not yet, girls. nice. get back. all right. here we go. lift this up. >> sirens, and what could go wrong? >> go on. you're killing my time. i mean, when you get these two
here, it's mayhem. this is from target. these are amazing sound kit wireless speakers. when you want to play music from your apple device, you have to put it in a docking station. from target. normally $100, slashed in half. 50 bucks from target, just for "gma" viewers. >> ready? you ready? >> yeah. >> duepunti. these are sill done bracelets. i blinged up my robin roberts bracelet with some of these. silicone with two-pointer diamonds in each of them. bracelets and watchrings. regularly, they start $98 to $138, depending on what you choose. slashed at least 65%, starting
at $34. >> that's a ring? >> that's a ring. yes. were you about to propose? next one up. pmd -- personal microderm machine. you clear away the dead skin. we had this before on "good morning america." and viewers spent more than $1 million. it's one of the biggest sellers. here it is. regularly, it's going to make your skin like supersoft. >> tory, it's phenomenal. i love it. >> normally, $209. slashed by 70%. this is $62 and free shipping. i don't know what you're thinking. let's go right here. >> they told me it was a light saber. i have to be honest. >> finally, cue the siren, everybody. >> finally. really beautiful assortment -- they have diamonds, pearls, white topaz, heart pieces.
a whole assortment of stuff, exclusively for "gma" viewers. that start at $195. slashed in half. reduce them, $47.50. plus, free shipping. and last but not least, finally, the siren. >> yes. >> it'sebags. you have to love that. >> great. check out that. check out all of our deals and steals. goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! let's get to sam champion. he's got a special guest and a final check on the weather. thank you so much, tory. >> that was exciting, gang. guess what? we have a good friend of the program with us. and the founder of yapp. yapp is a way to make apps. i wondered who makes apps. now, we can make apps.
>> absolutely. anyone in your studio audience can make an app. they make apps for weddings, girl scout troops, soccer teams and family albums. coker family app here. they created this beautiful app to organize and share moments with each other over the holidays. >> that's genius. what are some of the other things i can do with the app? put one together for my party list. making vacation plans. anything i want to do with an app. >> we created an app for you. let's see how it's done. >> okay. walk us through it. >> first, you go to yapp.us on your computer or ipad. then, you choose a theme. we choose holiday. you can personalize your app. there's a handsome guy there. >> that's me. >> we're going to create a naughty or nice list app. >> you have to get presents for the holidays. >> absolutely.
you can personalize your pages with photos. super easy to use. and when you're done, you hit publish. you can share it with your friends or with the world. let's take a look at that -- >> it's completed. and it's right here. it's already on the iphone, already put in. >> yeah. there we go. everybody ready to see who has been nice this year? >> who has been naughty and nice this year. drumroll, please. there's the nice list. robin, george, amy, elizabeth. who's been naughty? oh. this is amazingly wonderful to be able to make your own app and do it. one more time, how do we do it? >> go to yapp.us, from your computer or ipad. and you start creating. >> that's easy, ladies and gentlemen. how about your forecast? as you walk out the door, one or two problem spots over the next couple of days. you send us your holiday lights pictures, we'll get them on every day. from dubuque, all the way to
florida. right ahead of that cold front, and the cold air is behind it. so is the snow. ahead of it, troubled weather. little rock, memphis, st. louis, jackson, you're all in line for storms. that colder air on the northern side of that front. and it is really cold air. minneapolis drops down to the teens. chicago, you get rain today. but there is the opportunity that you could get snow on the kickback. i'm going to look at the app i >> i wish i had this before, maria. you can do your wedding invitations on this. you can do everything in the world. an app for what you need.
>> you can instantly publish it. people have created a month before. >> where were you a month ago? all that weather. let's go inside to elizabeth. elizabeth? we are counting down the days until christmas, with "gma's" 12 days of cooking. this is my favorite segment, of course. this morning, rocco dispirito is bringing us two recipes from "now eat this italian." you have taken all these recipes and made them not only lower in calories, but lower in fat. i'm so envious of this project for this book. you lived in italy. >> i did. >> with a bunch of italian mommas. >> i went to sorrento. i lived with 26 women, in their homes. they taught me how to make original dishes, the authentic way. i got my own version and got the stamp of approval. there was more food here until elizabeth ate it.
i'm. >> i'm developing a bad reputation for being a food hog. you picked chicken masala and brussels sprouts. >> the most misunderstood vegetable. >> let's start with chicken masala. >> it's fancy enough for the holiday table. but simple enough to make during the holiday week. start off with whole chicken. i cut it into 16 pieces. a lot of little pieces. everybody can have a little thigh, a little breast, a little wing. >> do you season the chicken? >> with salt and pepper. and take it out of the pan. >> a little bit of oil? >> a little oil. and you add rush rooms and onions. and you deglaze with masala. >> anytime mushrooms? >> any kind is find. does that smell good? >> yeah. >> you remove the skin. i want the flavor of the skin, but not the calories.
90 calories apiece, of skin. and we're reducing the chicken stock with the mushrooms and the masala. and just toss this around to coat. can you guys travel with me everywhere? >> they're a great audience. >> i love them. >> and some brussels sprouts. >> it looks beautiful. >> you want that glaze on there. >> i have to try that. >> let's look at the difference in calories. chicken masala, is usually 770 calories. and the brussels sprouts. 176 calories. mine are 12 calories. >> have them. and then, in a skillet. >> with a little. >> "now eat this" in stores now. you can find the recipes also on
all morning long, "gma" megaholiday "deals and steals." these are the biggest ones yet. tory, you've outdone yourself. >> we have a lot more here. this one comes to us from ebay. wait until you see our models. yes. we have watches and designer sunglasses, unisex. the models, not included. >> i was a teenage hand model. >> good you put that on your resume. we put that to use. >> what happened to them? >> listen up. these deals, regularly -- i'm
not telling you who is wearing the most expensive one. the sunglasses and watches range from $110 to $1,800. slashed by at least 65%. whoa. and free shipping from ebay today, as well. girls, ready for the next one? sorry. you're done. all right. this is one of my favorite products of the season. it's two adorable girls. this doll is called a hubalow. it has a space to put in your own picture. and if you zoom in, we have our own robin roberts in there. they're really adorable. the pair is normally $50. but a gigantic discount. today only, $10 for the pair. amazing gifts. wait until you see the models behind this one. all right.
from aeropostale. these jackets that come in youth fit. don't let the ladies fool you. they're youth fit. extra small to xxl. normally $30. slashed in half, $15. >> very warm. >> gorgeous. and you look beautiful in them. gorgeous. you give those boys a run for their money. and last but not least, we have deals from gilt taste. these are from wolfgang puck. four different items from wolfgang you can choose from. a coffee brewer, a ten-set stainless steel cookware set. the grill, a "gma" favorite. they normally start at $130. they are slashed by more than half for our viewers. starting at just $59, all these things. shipping is on their website to guarantee in time for christmas.
all day today, from 9:00 a.m., until 9:00 p.m., exclusively at goodmorningamerica.com, you'll have a new deal every hour. if you like what you see here, you want to go on the website all day today. don't leave your desk. tell your boss, this is it. goodmorningamerica.com all day. >> you covered every base for the holidays, in terms of gift-giving. thank you, tory. >> thank you. >> also, donating the gifts for our friends as a thank you in the audience. >> look under your seats, you guys. there are presents for everyone. it is christmastime. >> everyone in the audience gets a special prize today. you would think we're oprah over here. >> they are not cars. sorry. >> you can go to goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! to get all the codes, all the links, all the bargains, all day long. we'll be right back.
we are so excited to have you here. r&b singer, and reality star, tamar braxton has a number one single on itunes. she is making her own mark with "love and war." you're going to sing it for us now. let's hear some this morning. >> all right. >> all right. ♪ somebody said every day was gonna be sunny skies ♪ ♪ only marvin gaye and lingerie i guess somebody lied ♪ ♪ started discussing it to fighting then ♪ ♪ don't touch me please then, it's let's ♪ ♪ stop the madness come lay with me ♪ ♪ truth be told, i'm waving
my flag before it goes bad ♪ ♪ 'cause we made it this far on for better or worse ♪ ♪ i want to feel it even if it hurts ♪ ♪ if i gotta cry to get to the other side ♪ ♪ then, let's go 'cause we gon' survive ♪ ♪ we stay on the frontlines yeah, but we're still here ♪ ♪ after the bomb drops we go so hard ♪ ♪ we lose control the fire starts ♪ ♪ then we explode when the smoke clears ♪ ♪ we dry the tears only if love and war ♪ ♪ sometimes you're my general you gotta let go of this place ♪ ♪ sometimes you're my enemy and i'm throwing grenades ♪
♪ we'll just be chillin' and laughing ♪ ♪ and i'm laying on your chest ♪ ♪ don't know what happened 'cause things just went left ♪ ♪ but here we go back down that road ♪ ♪ that's just the way that it goes ♪ ♪ 'cause we made it this far on for better or worse ♪ ♪ i want to feel it even if it hurts ♪ ♪ if i gotta cry to get to the other side ♪ ♪ then, let's go 'cause we gon' survive ♪ ♪ we stay on the frontlines yeah, but we're still here ♪ ♪ after the bomb drops we go so hard ♪ ♪ we lose control the fire starts ♪ ♪ then we explode when the smoke clears ♪
♪ we dry the tears only if love and war ♪ ♪ as long as we walk out that door every fight ♪ ♪ and when it's over you know i'm going home ♪ ♪ right back where i belong i take it up inside me ♪ ♪ and we stay on the frontlines yeah, but we're still here ♪ ♪ after the bomb drops we go so hard ♪ ♪ we lose control the fire starts ♪ ♪ then we explode when the smoke clears ♪ ♪ we dry the tears only if love and war ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
today's chill is going to give way to tomorrow's lane. we start with sun and high clouds this afternoon low to mid 50s freeze warning and frost advisory ended 8:00, a few temperatures flirting with frosty temperatures in sheltered areas from the sun that will be >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. tragedy at sandy hook.
>> good morning, i'm diane sawyer here with george stephanopoulos and we join you five days after 26 children and teachers were gunned down at sandy hook elementary because president obama is about to outline his priorities for reducing gun violence in america, and we expect especially from assault weapons, george. >> in newtown, the president was emphatic and angry saying america must change and act. today the first steps towards a solution and have vice president biden to lead the administration's effort to come up with answers and, of course, vice president biden, long time chair of the senate judiciary committee instrumental in passing the original have salt weapons in 1994. >> that prevented the ability to reload unless you had under ten bullets so we'll see if they reinstate the ban on the amount of unreloading you can have, magazines, as well. let's go to jake tapper standing by in the brady press room. jake. >> reporter: good afternoon, diane. that's right. in addition to the approach addressing the